Wednesday November 17, 2021

Wednesday – November 17th – Titus 1:1-4     -----     
1:1) Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, 
2) in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, 
3) but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior; 
4) To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     Happy and healthy Wednesday to you and the mid-point of this week. I am moved and challenged by the inspirational thought today. If you are trying to figure out where my daily reading through the Bible is that spurs our inspirational thought – we are in the 12th chapter of the book of Romans. Yes, this is where Paul calls all believers to present their lives to God as a living sacrifice. Our inspirational thought reminds us that our sacrifice should always come from the best that we have. This not only includes material things, but God is certainly due the very best of our time, our talents, and our efforts. How might you be a living sacrifice this week for the Kingdom of Heaven?

     Today we begin the New Testament book of Titus. We get to immerse ourselves in Paul’s letter to another young preacher that is written while Paul is in prison in Rome. Our first four verse today record what is the standard opening format for Greek letters in the first century. From this we can draw that Paul identifies himself as the author and the sender. He names Titus as the recipient and then extends a brief greeting by listing his apostolic resume. Paul takes the extra time to emphasize the purpose of his apostleship in a way that makes this introduction more detailed and solemn that those in the epistles written to Timothy. As with Timothy, Paul calls Titus a “true son” in the Gospel work. Paul expands on this by lifting up their common faith and the salvation they share as followers of Jesus. Who today do you feel like you are in a shared ministry of the Gospel? How do you encourage each other to be the best you can be for Kingdom work?

  Pastor Jim
Thursday – November 18th – Titus 1:5-9

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 60505). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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